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Perhaps the most unique museum on this list is the National Museum of Funeral History. It stands out and quickly grabs the attention of anyone who sees or hears about it. Although it may sound morbid at first, this museum is dedicated to providing education and history about the heritage of death care and processes. As the largest museum of its kind in the United States, this museum covers topics such as how death care has evolved and how it began. You will also learn all about the process of ancient death rituals, such as those used in Egypt. These are fascinating pieces of history that are often overlooked due to their "scary" nature.
With over 30,000 sq. ft. of display space, you will find a variety of exhibits that range from the lives and deaths of the Popes to information about the deaths of public figures and celebrities. The museum currently has 15 permanent exhibits. One fascinating example is "The History of Cremation," which puts to rest many misunderstood theories and thoughts about the practice. Perhaps one of the most photo-worthy areas of the museum includes the collection of historical hearses. Some of these are eloquently decorated, including detailed wood carvings and delicate features. You will also see a glass-paneled carriage that is from 1850s Germany as well as horse-drawn funeral carriages. Although this may not be the first place that you would think of bringing your children, the museum is actually completely family-friendly. Exhibits are appropriate for ages 7 and up. There are activities for kids including two scavenger hunts that are also educational.
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